Lake Leschenaultia

HERITAGE

Steam Engines: Lake Leschenaultia was constructed in 1898 as part of the Eastern Railway line. The line connected the goldfields with the city and numerous reservoirs were constructed to provide water for steam train operations. Lake Leschenaultia was the largest of the reservoirs on the line and remains the only such reservoir to be converted into a recreation space within Western Australia.

Recreational space: With the lakes colour resembling a very similar shade to the leschenaultia flower, it was named "Lake Leschenaultia" in 1949 and has since been used for recreational purposes. Swimming was particularly popular at the lake before development of the Mundaring district pools. The Shire, with support from the Tourist Development Authority, constructed the tea rooms, caretaker's residence and shop at the lake in the early 1960s.

SPORT & RECREATION

Picnic Spot: Set in 168 hectares of bush land Lake Leschenaultia offers swimming, cycling, barbeque facilities, cool shaded areas, lawns, white sand beaches and playground equipment. Shelters can be hired for a fee. Canoeing is available during the summer months.

Campsite and special events: Twenty-three sites are available to be booked in the camping area including twenty-two powered sites (approximately 6m x 6m). The lake is the perfect spot for special events including weddings. Several large lawn areas can be booked for weddings and shelters are available for hire.

ENVIRONMENT

Natural bushland: The area around the lake is dominated by native forest which provides habitat for a variety of species including kangaroos, possums, bandicoots, echidnas and many native birds. Introduced bird life can be seen on and around the lake including ducks, geese and herons.

Wetlands: Lake Leschenaultia has been identified as one of the four key wetlands within the shire. Wetlands are vital components of functioning ecosystems. Existing wetlands have grown in importance as an estimated 80% of wetlands in the Swan Coastal Plain have been destroyed and many more modified.

TRAILS

Lakeside Trail: This 3km loop stays close to the lakeside and is relatively wide, flat and even path. The alternate 6km loop branches off from the 3km walk.

Mountain Bike Trail: This 5.25km circuit mountain biking trail winds through the forest to the north of the lake on a mixture of graded tracks and single tracks. The ride is particularly attractive during the wildflower season.

Railway Reserves Heritage Trail: Located within the picturesque Perth Hills, the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail retraces 59km of the old Eastern Railway that formerly linked Fremantle to York in the late 1880s. The trail runs along the edge of the Lake Reserve and on to Chidlow.